November 27, 2012
Iran will unveil a domestically manufactured missile-launching warship in the coming days, the country’s navy chief said. It comes days after Tehran accused the US Navy of conducting “illegal and provocative acts” in the Persian Gulf.
“One of the new achievements of the Navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is the Sinai 7 missile-launching warship… which will be unveiled on Wednesday,” Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari was [...]
Beijing’s Defence Ministry confirmed it was considering an offer from the Seychelles government to establish a port to supply its anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden.
But the move was met with concern in India as it announced it was increasing its military spending to strengthen its long border with Chinaand check its growing strategic influence in the region.
New Delhi will spend more than £65 billion on arms in the next five years [...]
February 6, 2012
Two Iranian naval ships have docked in the Saudi port of Jeddah. Iranian officials say the move aims to project the country’s “power on the open seas” and “confront Iranophobia.”
The supply ship Kharg and destroyer Shaid Qandi docked on Saturday in the Red Sea port in line with orders from the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to Iran’s news agency, Fars.
“This mission aims to show [...]
Iranian naval ships docked on Saturday in the Saudi port city of Jeddah on a mission to project the Islamic republic’s “power on the open seas,” the Fars news agency reported.
The supply ship Kharg and Shaid Qandi, a destroyer, docked in the Red Sea port in line with orders from Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, it quoted navy commander Admiral Habibollah Sayari as saying.
“This mission aims to show the power of the Islamic [...]
The pieces and policies for potential conflict in the Persian Gulf are seemingly drawing inexorably together.
Since 24 December the Iranian Navy has been holding its ten-day Velayat 90 naval exercises, covering an area in the Arabian Sea stretching from east of the Strait of Hormuz entrance to the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden. The day the maneuvers opened Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told a press [...]
Iranian Navy Thwarts Pirate Attack on Saudi Oil Tanker in Int’l Waters
TEHRAN (FNA)- An attempted hijack of a Saudi oil tanker by unknown pirate boats was foiled after an Iranian fleet of warships present in the region rushed to the scene.
“After the regional center of Chabahar coast guard watch announced last night that a Saudi oil tanker had asked for help due to the suspicious approach of several unknown boats, [...]
Iran’s navy has started a 10-day drill in international waters near the strategic oil route that passes through the Strait of Hormuz.
The exercises, dubbed “Velayat 90″, could bring Iranian ships into proximity with United States Navy vessels in the area. “Velayat” is a Persian word for “supremacy” and it is currently used as a title of deference for the Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The war games cover a 2,000km stretch [...]
AP Photo/Hamed Jafarnejad
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s navy began a 10-day drill Saturday in international waters near the strategic oil route that passes through the Strait of Hormuz.
The exercises, dubbed “Velayat 90,” could bring Iranian ships into proximity with U.S. Navy vessels in the area.
The war games cover a 1,250-mile (2,000-kilometer) stretch of sea off the Strait of Hormuz, northern parts of the Indian Ocean and into the Gulf of [...]
From Xinhua: “Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari on Thursday announced the upcoming launch of ten-day massive naval exercises in the international waters, the local satellite Press TV reported. Sayyari said at a press conference on Thursday that the naval maneuvers dubbed Velayat 90 will start on Saturday and will cover an area of 2,000 (1,250-mile) km stretching from the east of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian [...]
Little by little China is forming military links in Africa and in the Indian Ocean in order, experts say, to protect Beijing’s economic interests in the region.
In the past three weeks Beijing has committed to supporting Ugandan forces operating in Somalia and to helping the Seychelles fight piracy.
“It is very clear that the Chinese leaders recognize that military force will play a bigger role to safeguard China’s overseas interests,” Jonathan Holslag, of theBrussels Institute of Chinese Contemporary Studies told AFP.
“There is a willingness, and even a [...]
BEIJING (AP) — An offer from the Seychelles to host visits by Chinese naval ships is drawing heavy publicity in Beijing and highlighting the increasing reach of a navy that recently launched its first aircraft carrier.
A Defense Ministry statement Tuesday said Beijing is considering an offer from the Indian island nation’s government to allow Chinese navy ships to visit for rest and resupply.
Those vessels would be part of a multinational [...]
Chinese navy warship, the DDG-171 Haikou destroyer, is seen in the Gulf of Aden 2009. …
From Yahoo News:
Chinese President Hu Jintao on Tuesday urged the navy to prepare for military combat, amid growing regional tensions over maritime disputes and a US campaign to assert itself as a Pacific power.
The navy should “accelerate its transformation and modernisation in a sturdy way, and make extended preparations for military combat in order to make greater [...]
This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Monday, October 31, 2011 at 01:22:05 UTC
Monday, October 31, 2011 at 04:22:05 AM at epicenter
10 km (6.2 miles)
GULF OF ADEN
265 km (164 miles) SSW (206°) from Al Mukalla, Yemen
330 km (205 miles) E (97°) from Aden, Yemen
395 km (246 miles) NE (56°) from Berbera, Somalia
530 km (329 miles) SE (128°) from SANA, Yemen
horizontal +/- 21 km (13.0 miles); depth +/- 3.7 km (2.3 miles)
The Obama administration is assembling a constellation of secret drone bases for counterterrorism operations in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula as part of a newly aggressive campaign to attack al-Qaeda affiliates in Somalia and Yemen, U.S. officials said.
One of the installations is being established in Ethiopia, a U.S. ally in the fight against al-Shabab, the Somali militant group that controls much of [...]
The Israeli military said Monday that it has sent two additional warships to the Red Sea border with Egypt following warnings that militants are planning another attack on southern Israel from Egyptian soil.
Monday saw IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen Benny Gantz order the deployment across the entire southern sector, and especially in the area near the Israel-Egypt border, increased, following intelligence indicating a viable terror threat in the area.
The southern [...]
Beijing – China’s military is urging land attacks on Somali pirate strongholds in a bold call signalling the armed forces’ growing assertiveness.
China’s navy has taken part in anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since December 2008, but the government has not advocated direct attacks on land areas from which pirates operate.
However, at a news conference in Washington on Wednesday, General Chen Bingde said [...]
USS Enterprise parked opposite Iranian flotilla at Suez Canal entrance
US warships box in Iranian flotilla, delay Suez passage
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 21, 2011, 4:55 PM (GMT+02:00) Tags: Iranian warships Suez Canal US-Iran USS Enterprise USS Enterprise parked opposite Iranian flotilla at Suez Canal entranceThe repeated delays and contradictory statements about the two Iranian warships’ transit of the [...]